Controversial transit agency move subject of meeting

The inaugural meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s controversial Bay Area Headquarters Authority will take place next week.

The Authority was created to oversee the relocation of the MTC’s headquarters from Oakland to San Francisco. The move will cost $179 million, which will come from bridge toll revenue.

East Bay lawmakers have decried the move, saying the MTC should remain in Oakland. Disabled advocates have also criticized the decision, saying the MTC’s new location—on 390 Main St. in San Francisco’s SoMa District—is too far from local transit stops.

State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, even requested a financial audit of the plan to review its finances. Nonetheless, the MTC still went forward with approving the relocation two weeks ago.

On Wednesday, the newly-formed Authority will discuss releasing the $179 million in toll money for the move. The meeting will take place at 9:15 a.m. at the MTC’s existing headquarters in Oakland.

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